Randburg at a glance
Randburg is located in the north west of Johannesburg. Its residents tend to be more affluent than most of Johannesburg. The suburb’s name is rooted in the South African Rand currency, as it was introduced at around the same time that the municipality was formed in 1959.
The municipal area that is Randburg, contains many suburbs. Some of the larger residential areas include Blairgowrie, Boskruin, Cresta, Darrenwood, Fairlands, Ferndale, Malanshof, Northriding, Olivedale, and Randpark Ridge. Multichoice, M-Net and SuperSport have their head offices based in Randburg.
Greenside is a leafy and trendy residential area pulsating with restaurants and cafes. This green suburb borders on Emmarentia, Parkview, Parkhurst and Victory Park. With up-market homes in tree-lined streets, it’s no wonder this suburb is the perfect area for residents seeking a gateway to the fancier northern suburbs of Johannesburg.
Recently, Greenside has evolved to a café-culture area buzzing with high-end restaurants, giving the suburb an atmosphere like Parkhurst, Melville and Norwood. Places of interest include the Village Green Shopping Centre, Pirates Sports and Rugby Club, Sir Lionel Phillips Park and Parkview Golf Club.
Greenside is also home to the finest food market in Johannesburg. Every Saturday morning, this popular food market offers a wide variety of high quality produce and food-related products that provides a unique shopping experience that rivals the well-known European markets. A visual masterpiece, with everything from organic fruits and vegetables, cheeses, Italian meats, biltong, curries, olive oils, fresh breads and cakes from the best Patisseries in the city.
Emmarentia is a residential suburb that lies in the heart of the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg. The leafy suburb comprises of Emmarentia Ext. 1 and Emmarentia Ridge. Emmarentia shares its borders with Greenside, Greenside East, Melville, Victory Park, Linden, Roosevelt Park and Montgomery Park. Emmarentia property has demonstrated that it is a solid investment in a highly sought-after area that offers tranquillity with green open spaces within proximity to bustling Sandton.
The established area has popular landmarks like the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam that offers a beautiful recreational space for Joburgers and its tourists. Tranquil lawns and walkways with wooden benches make this a sprawling green oasis and a popular weekend location for walking dogs, jogging or picnicking. The Johannesburg Botanical Gardens has seven gardens; the Hedge garden, the Herb garden, the Rose garden, the Chapel garden, the Succulent garden, the Shakespeare garden, and the Arboretum (a collection composed of trees). Emmarentia Dam offers canoeing and rowing club facilities as well as a host of birdlife for avid birdwatchers.
An assortment of culturally diverse restaurants ranging from Italian to Cape-Malay establishments are in this beautiful tree-lined suburb. Craft restaurants offer vegan options as well as artisanal bakeries. Nearby attractions include Melville Koppies, Johannesburg Zoo and Braamfontein Spruit.
Craighall is a suburb of Johannesburg and is bordered by Hyde Park, Dunkeld and Parkhurst. It sits in between the busy arterial routes of Jan Smuts Avenue and William Nicol highway. The main natural feature of Craighall is the cascading rocky waterfall on the Braamfontein Spruit at the north-west corner of the suburb. It flows year-round but becomes a particularly dramatic spectacle during heavy rain-storms. Waterfall Avenue, the original centre-piece avenue of the suburb, was named after it. Craighall was originally planned with stand sizes at just under an acre (3,850 square metres, known as a "Craighall Acre"), although more than half have since been sub-divided into smaller stand sizes. It remains a spacious, treed residential suburb with abundant bird-life, yet located within 6 minutes’ drive of Sandton.
Craighall Park is one of Johannesburg’s upmarket northern suburbs that lie slightly to the west of Sandton, a collection of leafy neighbourhoods that form a belt on the western side of the city between Parkhurst and the sprawling malls of Sandton’s Central Business District.
This leafy residential suburb is also one of the oldest suburbs of the city, and Craighall Park’s large properties and epic gardens that lend the neighbourhood a sense of green tranquillity despite the proximity to Jan Smuts Avenue are a throwback to the era when plots, rather than stands, were on offer here.
You’re well placed to get around the city from Craighall Park - it lies conveniently between Beyers Naude Drive and Jan Smuts Avenue, two of the major arteries in the northern spheres of Johannesburg that easily get one from A to B, notwithstanding traffic, and you’re close to the M1.
Hyde Park shopping centre is just around the corner and popular for art movies on a Tuesday evening amongst locals who throng just under the escalators. It’s just as busy on a weekend morning when Jo’burgers do breakfast in style. And both the River Club golf course and the Sandton Sports Club are close by for those seeking a round of golf.
A stay in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg is incomplete without a trip to the energetic hub of fashion, coffee shops and numerous shops that is Sandton City.
Victory Park is situated between Delta Park and the Johannesburg Botanical Garden. It is one of the oldest suburbs in Johannesburg. Trendy Victory Park offers an exceptional bird life. Residents enjoy large estates in this quiet location.
Nearby attractions include Melville Koppies, Johannesburg Zoo, Victory Park Shopping Centre, Braamfontein Spruit, the Delta Environmental Centre and the Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary; a popular spot for dog walking, biking and strolling. Within driving distance, you can enjoy Greenside, with its countless hangouts and pretty setting, Rosebank and its lively nightlife, Parkhurst with its trendy eateries and village lifestyle, and Hyde Park shopping centre.
Franklin Roosevelt Park
Franklin Roosevelt Park is a pretty residential suburb that boasts large family homes with lovely gardens, giving the area a laid-back ambience in the heart of characterful Johannesburg. The area is intersected by Beyers Naudé Drive, making it convenient for residents to have easy access to popular attractions and activities in and around Joburg.
Franklin Roosevelt Park is surrounded by the areas of Northcliff, Montreux, Victory Park Estate and Waterval Estate. The main attractions surrounding Franklin Roosevelt Park are the shopping centres. These include Cresta Centre, Brightwater Commons and Sanlam Shopping Centre.